Congressman Bob Gibbs

Representing the 7th District of Ohio

August 22, 2013

August 22, 2013
Columns

 I have had the opportunity to host three town halls and tour many small businesses while I have been back in the district this month. I always enjoy these opportunities to speak with the constituents of the 7th district because there is so much innovation and hard work coming from our area. I have been hearing from many of you and there is a resonating message that everyone seems to share: the regulations coming out of Washington are making it harder for our businesses to grow and its hurting American families. The regulations that are brought down upon American businesses directly affects you and your families and I am fighting in Washington to end them.

As a small business owner and father, I know how these burdensome regulations affect your take-home pay and your family. Business owners should not be shaking their head out of confusion because of the new laws in place. Instead, they should make sense and create certainty for those owners that they will be able to grow and continue to bring in a profit.

In recent weeks, we have seen the early and devastating effects Obamacare is having on industries ranging from fast food franchises to colleges. Hard working Americans have to take multiple part-time jobs in order to put food on the table for their families and be in compliance with Obamacare.

Ohioan’s premiums are also set to increase because of Obamacare. It seems as though the administration creates these regulations without a thought of how they will affect Americans and their families. Instead of dodging the obvious they seem to be ignoring reality; the economy is not improving and full-time jobs are becoming harder to come by.

The town halls and meetings that I have held with constituents are important to me because even if the administration believes that these regulations will help, they haven’t taken a real look at what is going on outside of Washington. Hearing your concerns to better understand how the government can help you is my number one priority. The American dream is something that everyone should be able to experience. With the growing regulations and uncertainty, it’s becoming harder and harder to keep your job or even own your own business. The administration is out of touch with what American’s priorities are and they don’t seem to be willing to step back and see the damage they have caused. I always enjoy spending most of my time back in the district and so far this month it is clear to me that Washington is working for itself, not the American people.

 

 

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